Delia Locke


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1890. so much as bidding one of us goodby. This seems very strange to us, but we know that for some reason our step-mother so planned it, and he did it to please her. Have written to Boston. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.)

May 2. Friday. Received letter from Ada. Alma is today three years old and Aunt Cynthia Gerould eightysix. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 65.)

May 3. Saturday. Have today received letters from Horace, Willie, Calvin and Hannah - a rich treat - and have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.)

May 4. Sabbath. A sad anniversary - three years I have been obliged to walk life's path alone - without my dear husband's companionship - and yet not alone, for the dear Father has been with me every step of the way - blessed be His name. Have attended meeting as usual. Rev. Thomas preached from the text, "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name," &c (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 69.)

May 5. Monday. Received a letter from Ida and wrote to her. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 64.)

May 6. Tuesday. A cloudy forenoon and showery afternoon. River is rising rapidly. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.)

May 7. Wednesday. A rainy day. The water is nearly all over the bottom land and orchard, and from having stood there so long, the trees, many of them, are dying. The outlook for fruit or crops of any kind for us, is truly discouraging. They are beginning to fear that the first bridge will wash away, it is shaky. Susie came over and together we arrange exercises for "Children's Day" - soon to come. I wrote to Boston and received letters from Ada and Hannah. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.)

May 8. Thursday. Forenoon still a little cloudy. Received a letter from Eunice. Wrote to her and to Ada. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.)

May 9. Friday. The weather still threatens rain. We are planting corn on the grain land - only 40 acres however - perhaps it may make a crop. Received a letter from Uncle. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 57.)

May 10. Saturday. Weather cloudy and a little rainy with thunder in the P.M. Received letters from Willie & Calvin. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 52.)

May 11. Sabbath. The early morning was very rainy, but the weather cleared so that we went to meeting as usual. Rev. Thomas preached text, "Let us not sleep as do others, but let us watch and be sober". Received letter from Horace. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 56.)

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1890. May 12. Monday. We heard today from Father. He was in Chicago on the 5th and expected to be in Boston on the 9th. - was well, in good company, and enjoying the trip finely. Received a letter from Ida - she has not been well but is better again. Wrote to her and to Uncle. Carrie Geffroy has been obliged to leave working for Aunt Susie on account of ill health. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 70. S.S 63.)

May 13. Tuesday. A high north wind has blown today. Have written to Eunice. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.)

May 14. Wednesday. The Grangers held a picnic at Lodi today, at which the Lockeford Band furnished the music. This has been my dairy work today - to skim and wash 44 pans and make 26 1/4 pounds butter. This work is indeed too hard for me and I shall be glad when Hannah comes to help me, for I need help, but I will not hurry her one bit. I should be glad if she could make a longer stay at the Conservatory, but her health does not seem to justify it. Have received a letter from her today, and written to them all in Boston. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.)

May 15. Thursday. Received a letter from Ada and wrote to her. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 77.)

May 16. Friday. Rebecca made a nice dinner party for Roland's birthday to which we were all invited. No brothers were there, but Susie and Hannah with their husbands, Mother, Lucy and I, and some of the little ones, also Mrs. Inglis and daughters. The food was very excellent, and of great variety. Rebecca is a fine cook. Roland is fortyeight years old. Father, we hear, is in Plymouth, enjoying himself finely. Received a letter from Eunice. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 78.)

May 17. Saturday. Received letters from Calvin and Willie. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 77.)

May 18. Sabbath. Have attended meeting today as usual. Rev. Thomas preached text - "Whither shall I go from thy spirit" - &c Received letter from Horace. My boys are very prompt in writing, and their letters are very kind. Cooler weather. (T.S.R 58. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 65.)

May 19. Mond. Wrote to Ida and received a letter from her. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 66.)

May 20. Tues. Wrote to Eunice. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 60.)

May 21. Wednes. Wrote to Boston. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 68.)

Date Original

January 1885

Circa Date

circa 1885-1891


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